Forget Barbie, New Dolls Portray Disabilities
Barbie may still be hip even at 50, but new dolls designed to look like they have Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities are increasingly popular despite some concerns that they perpetuate stereotypes.
A line of dolls from Downi Creations, for example, features characteristics shared by many people with Down syndrome. The dolls have short fingers, small mouths, almond-shaped eyes, low-set ears and a slightly protruding tongue.
Meanwhile a set of dolls from Kids Like Me includes a guide dog and a doll who uses a wheelchair.
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Some parents and experts say these dolls give children confidence. But others say the dolls rely on stereotypes that are not consistent among all individuals with the disabilities being represented, reports Time. To read more click here.